Thorne Dreyer's guests, Riders Against the Storm, are Chaka and Qi Dada, a husband-and-wife hip-hop duo who bring performance art, ceremony, and community-building to their unique work. They perform three songs on the show.
The reigning Austin Music Awards 'Band of the Year,' Riders Against the Storm are the first hip-hop group ever to win the honor. They also have performed at South by Southwest, have been chosen for this year's Austin City Music Festival lineup, and recently took second place in the hip-hop category of the International Songwriting Competition for their track "Holy Water" off their 2013 self-titled EP. (There were over 20,000 entries.)
Chaka's -- aka Jonathon Mahone's -- career includes teaching high school, creating guerrilla art installations, promoting youth entrepreneurship, and community organizing for the underserved in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Qi Dada (Ghislaine Jean-Mahone), who was born in Brooklyn to a Haitian family, is a performance artist, lyricist, and healer. They met in Providence, RI, and moved to Austin where they have grown a cult following for Riders Against the Storm, as well as Body Rock ATX, an underground dance party developed by the duo and DJ Chorizo Funk. And thery are heavily involved in the community and in progressive political causes.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 55:36.